Obi Melifonwu passes through waivers, reverts to Raiders’ IR

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Obi Melifonwu passed through waivers unclaimed, reverting to the Raiders’ injured reserve. The team hoped someone would claim the safety, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

The Raiders could cut Melifonwu after he’s healthy.

Either way, Melifonwu’s base salary of $669,972 is guaranteed for this season.

Melifonwu, a second-round pick in 2017, was injured in an Aug. 6 practice, his last chance with his new coaches. The injury was reported as a lower-body injury, continuing his bad luck in staying healthy.

He started only one game as a rookie and played just four other games. Melifonwu first dealt with a knee problem and then a hip injury landed him on injured reserve.

12 responses to “Obi Melifonwu passes through waivers, reverts to Raiders’ IR

  1. So disappointing that he hasn’t worked out well for the Raiders. He had a lot of praise coming into the league. It’s rough to give up on a second round pick after one year.

  2. Second round pick that started 1 game last year? Jesus, only Reggie. Anyway, he’s back with Raiders and his 2018 salary of $670k is fully guaranteed. Not bad for riding the IR bench. Way to spend money on garbage and ignore Mack.

  3. The same narrative occurred last season with LB SCalhoun; this preseason he seems to be much improved.

    Hopefully Melifonwu will find similar improvement.

  4. Really hate seeing players get hit with the injury bug after being clean throughout college. Hope he can get healthy and make an impact.

  5. It’s rough to give up on a second round pick after one year.

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    Yes, but sunk cost is sunk cost.

    I was ecstatic when the Raiders drafted him – I didn’t think he’d stay on the board that long. But if the kid doesn’t love the game and/or he keeps getting injured, it is what it is.

  6. This Raider fan was surprised to see SI project the Raiders having a 4-12 record in 2018. The once lowly Jets were projected to be 9-7. This makes me wonder what kind of job Reggie McKenzie has done in his time at Oakland. Yes, he fixed Al Davis’ financial mess and ‘napalmed’ the team and brought some stability. BUT… Reggie has also drafted guys with major risks health wise. After sitting all last year with injuries, Gareon Conley is finally projected to play this year. (We’ll see if he lasts.) D.J. Hayden was a very much hyped piece on defense and went ‘bust’ due to health issues. Obi Melifonwu is the latest disappointment. Eddie Vanderdoes was drafted after suffering a major ACL injury at UCLA and has missed all of training camp due to…ANOTHER ACL tear. Jon Gruden has very little tolerance for guys practicing on the “orthopedic field”. Has Reggie reached his expiration date and is he actually a below average/average G.M.? We have treaded water since he came to Oakland. Maybe it’s time to move on from Reggie.

  7. Reggie has not been impressive that last few drafts to be honest. Jihad Ward is another 2nd rd bust. It may be time to look for a better talent evaluator because he is no longer cutting it.

  8. I agree with all the Reggie Mackenzie critizsm other than drafting Carr and Mack he’s been really bad at taking the right player in the right spots in the draft. He’s been a much better GM in trading and sign FA. But now that makes me think is it our Scouting Dept or our Reggie McK……….

  9. Centered00 says:
    August 24, 2018 at 8:14 pm
    This Raider fan was surprised to see SI project the Raiders having a 4-12 record in 2018. The once lowly Jets were projected to be 9-7. This makes me wonder what kind of job Reggie McKenzie has done in his time at Oakland. Yes, he fixed Al Davis’ financial mess and ‘napalmed’ the team and brought some stability. BUT… Reggie has also drafted guys with major risks health wise. After sitting all last year with injuries, Gareon Conley is finally projected to play this year. (We’ll see if he lasts.) D.J. Hayden was a very much hyped piece on defense and went ‘bust’ due to health issues. Obi Melifonwu is the latest disappointment. Eddie Vanderdoes was drafted after suffering a major ACL injury at UCLA and has missed all of training camp due to…ANOTHER ACL tear. Jon Gruden has very little tolerance for guys practicing on the “orthopedic field”. Has Reggie reached his expiration date and is he actually a below average/average G.M.? We have treaded water since he came to Oakland. Maybe it’s time to move on from Reggie.

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    Neither Obi or Conley had injury issues coming out of college, you seriously can’t be this stupid?

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